Capturing a thousand words

Capturing a thousand words

Hobby Club

Capturing a thousand words

But it was in the year 2006 that the club saw many changes. With around 400 members, it was envisioned that that the club would go a long way in the field of photography. They got themselves formally registered as as a non-profit club with their own personalised website. “The site became a forum where people could virtually share, criticise and discuss photography,” says Mayur Channagere, from the club.

Like every club, the members of this club too meet up and organise group shoots, workshops of different levels and exhibitions etc. Every member has his or her own wish list, where each one would jot down the things he or she would love to do in the field.

“This gave birth to group projects such as shoot-trips to nearby locations and helped bring the members together as a team, rather than just online peers,” he adds. One of the biggest and successful group project was to bring out a calender. This team effort improved the seriousness among the members about photography and doing
bigger things together.

That’s when they organised their first exhibition called, Frames Of Mind. “The phenomenal response led this exhibition to be an annual event where all the members get a chance to meet up in person,” says Mayur.

Though group shoots keep happening throughout the year as a club, they have taken up three main projects every year. While the main one is the Frame Of Mind, the
second is the Photo Walk. In 2007, BPC organised a Photo Walk for members of an elite club called World President’s Organisation (WPO). Around 70 people were hosted by a BPC team of 20 photographers, “They were taken on an early morning photography tour around selected spots in Bangalore. Participants were split in two teams and taken on a tour to the City Market and the Madiwala Market, so that they would get the flavour of the City in a short span of two hours,” adds Mayur. The third main project is the project work they take up for various NGOs and shoot pictures for it.

Today, the club has around 6,000 members with an interesting demography. The youngest member is just 17-year-old and is from this City. The oldest is a 78-year-old from Poland, who has seen the complete evolution of photography. “Apart from techies, BPO workers, doctors, we also have people from the KSRTC joining the club,” says Mayur.

A completely self-funded club, they charge only a nominal fee, which is for the submission of photographs for the exhibition and for the workshops they conduct, “But that too is reducing as we are trying to cover as much as possible by sponsorship,” says Mayur. 

Recently, BPC has announced that the submission for this year’s Frames Of Mind will be held on August 28, 29 and 30. The topic is Climate change and what it means to you.

The submissions close early July. 

Those interested to join the club or take part in the exhibition can visit their website. 
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